Category: Kitchen Tips

How To Make Creme Fraiche

So much more economical than paying $5.00 for a tiny bit of crème  fraiche. You can use any leftovers (if you have any!) for making a pan sauce for chicken or pork chops or whatever else takes your fancy.  Experiment using in other ways

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Fruit Crisp Topping Mix

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. It’s quick & easy to put together a fruit crisp when this mix is ready & waiting in the freezer or in the fridge! I have always loved fruit crisps,

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How To Roast Tomatoes

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. Feeding right into my tomato addiction, these!  I use them for pasta, pizza sauce, crostini, soup or anything else I can think of.  Yum, Yum. 20 ripe plum tomatoes 4

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How To Peel And Seed Tomatoes

When it comes to cooking, this is a very useful bit of information to know.   Bring a large pot of water to a boil. With a very sharp knife, cut an “X” in the skin on the top of

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How To Make Breadcrumbs

Fresh Breadcrumbs White or whole wheat bread, crusts trimmed (I usually freeze all my leftover bread for making crumbs so end up with a mixture of white & whole wheat.) Tear the bread into 1” pieces, place in processor &

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Chinese Five-Spice Powder

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. Makes approx. ¼ cup 1 Tbsp. Szechewan peppercorns** 8 star anise** 6 whole cloves 1 – 1 ½” piece cinnamon stick, crushed coarse 1 Tbsp. fennel seeds Equipment: electric spice

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Charred/Roasted Peppers

There is a very good reason why charred/roasted peppers are so popular; they are utterly delicious & can be used in so many ways! Roast peppers over gas flame if you have a gas stove (use long tongs to hold &

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How To Make Pizza Dough

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, please click here. This is the pizza dough I have used for a number of years. I like the idea that, for the most part, the rising takes place in the fridge

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Blender Hollandaise Sauce

This method seems a lot easier than whisking away in a pot on top of the stove, I think. 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, cubed 2 large egg yolks 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, plus more Kosher salt & freshly

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Microwave White Sauce Or Béchamel

Why bother doing this on top of the stove if you have a microwave? I like this method as it is so much easier and quite frankly, it would be almost impossible to scorch it! 4 Tbsp butter 3 Tbsp

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